Tipped as one of the favourite up-and-comers taking part in this year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam competition, Violet are one of the lesser known acts who are appearing at this year’s Hit The Deck Festival. Still, the hype pushing this band along lately is pretty strong. We decided to speak with bassist Liam Westnidge about their festival appearance, their new ‘The Brightside’ EP and more:

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Following what’s been a great breakthrough year for the British pop-punk outfit Decade, and with 2012 looking the same way after the success of their new self-titled EP – which got an impressive position on the iTunes chart upon its release – it’s only a matter of time before they explode. With their appearance at this year’s Hit The Deck Festival approaching fast, we spoke with vocalist Alex Sears about a few things:

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Next Stop Atlanta – The Things You Do Best

America has always been considered the place that does pop-punk right and with justice, with very few British bands able to pull it off and stand strong against our transatlantic peers. However, from the surprising depths of the Preston underground, female-fronted quartet Next Stop Atlanta are flying the flag proud for the UK’s pop-punk scene. With a new mini-album out a few short weeks ago, we got the lowdown on the release and each track from the band’s vocalist Georgia Peters. Here it is:

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SICK SWAG: Danse Macabre Clothing

Relaunching a brand after a lengthy hiatus is a very risky move: you don’t really know if things will soar or completely flop. A truely dedicated fanbase and successful business venture is the difference between failure and success, and it seems Danse Macabre Clothing must have one or both of these qualities with the resurge after coming back to the scene last month. Following this success, we spoke with co-founder Daneel Johnstone about how the brand began, the idea behind its horror and gore ideas and what’s planned for its future:

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TRACK-BY-TRACK: Hopes Die Last – Trust No One

Quickly becoming one of Italy’s hottest new exports, post-hardcore quintet Hopes Die Last are at the doorstep of releasing their sophomore full-length effort, ‘Trust No One’, via Standby Records. Bringing a far more finely-tuned sound and refining themselves strongly after the band’s debut ‘Six Years Home’, we caught up with frontman Daniele Tofani to talk us through the album track-by-track, discussing lyrical ideas and more:

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Though many bands may disband or die out for one reason or another, one thing that should never be forgotten is their contribution to the music world and what they’ve done to help influence the new generation of bands that compose our music tastes as of late. Along with current bands for our Getting Into feature, we cannot forget those who are no longer around for whatever reason and who better to mention than Reuben, a band who’ve influenced some of Britain’s brightest new hopes like Lower Than Atlantis and Don Broco. Read on to learn more about the history of the band, their demise, the possibility of a reformation and how you can still get into a band who are on a hiatus:

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FEATURE: A look into pop-punk throughout 2011 and its highlights!

We all know that the mainstream in the last few years have been dominated by manufactured boy bands, passing themselves off as more than mere pop bands by their ability to play instruments, and in some cases not even then. We all know who I’m talking about. They took pop-punk and soiled its good name, and warped it beyond recognition. However, something seems to have kicked in in 2011, are we growing tired of this mainstream bullshit fad? Probably not, but growing in the underground is a movement that is growing stronger and stronger by the day and is even starting to make its push for broader horizons.

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TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2011: Bands

Along with having our own say on what we think were the 10 best releases to come out during 2011, we also asked about a few bands and artists to share their say and let us know what’s been rocking their stereos all year long. Along with the lovely chaps in that image above (left to right: Murray Macleod (The Xcerts), Laurence René (My Passion), Dave McPherson (InMe)), we asked a bunch of other bands to share with us their top album picks of the year:

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What a year 2011 has been for music for us here at DP! HQ. Acts have fallen, others have risen and some bands have overcame some of the most difficult obstacles of their career to produce what my be their best albums to date. Though it has been an awfully difficult challenge to pick our top 10 highlights from this year in terms of releases, we’ve managed to refine it down to these ones below. These 10 albums are the ones that have been rocking our socks off the most all year long, and if you haven’t done so yet we strongly urge you to get a copy of these RIGHT NOW!

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FEATURE: 15 Christmas songs that yule love!

To begin with, sorry for the terrible feature name. But, with Christmas less than a month away now, we thought we’d be merry and bring you merry songs full of merriment that will make you merry about Christmas. Of course, we won’t be putting your conventional year-in year-out tunes you hear all the time. Instead, a few more alternative originals and covers. Enjoy!

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